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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 13, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas PagelOA    Herald    Zeitung,    New    Braunfels,Texas    Wednesday,    November 13,1985Rangers: Hit hard by injuries in 1985 By TOM LABINSKI Staff writer For proof that the saddest words in life are “it might have been,’’ look no further than the 1985 Smithson Valley football season. The Rangers were optimistic going into the season because the squad had lost only four players to gradua tion And Smithson Valley was a better team this year than in 1984 In Coach Stan Irvine’s estimation, the Rangers were two to three touchdowns better this year, although their record does not reflect that Smithson Valley finished the season with a 2-8-2 mark, compared to 3-7 last season Although the Rangers did not win a district game, like last year, they did not lose all five in 1985, going 0-3 2 The one obstacle the team could not overcome was injuries All football teams get bumps and bruises and the occasional sprains But the Rangers led tin' district in crutches and tape purchases The Ranger woes began in the first scrimmage of the' year, when fullback linebacker Bruce Ledbetter was sidelined for six weeks with a knee injury The senior would not return to ac tion until district play began, and would not carry the football until the penultimate game The injuries started piling up in rapid fashion after that halfback Aaron Smith with a broken thumb, tailback Scott Balmos with a groin pull, fullback Chris Centry with a back injury and quarterback Mike lr vine with a hyperextended elbow And the list kept grow ing “When you have that many in juries to that many players, you never know what the effect of it is." Coach Irvine said “VV** were forcedGame-by-game Here is a game by game wrapup of Smithson Valley s 1985 season.Somerset 14 Rangers 13 Somerset scored on its first two possessions and then was shut out the rest of the way by Smithson Valley. After a touchdown run by Chris Gentry narrowed the score to 14 7, John Lozano blocked a Bulldog punt at the Somerset 12 wit!* 3 56 to play Gentry scored from one yard out a minute and a half later, but the two point attempt failed, giving Somerset the winRangers 35 Devine 21 The heavily favored Devine Warhorses watched in awe as Smithson Valley's offense exploded for five touchdowns in the Rangers’ most productive night in two years Scott Balmos rushed for 192 yards and Chris Gentry added another 102 as the Rangers led 28 7 at halftime "The Devine game showed the kind of team we could have been if we were healthy We were going in the right direction,” Coach Stan Irvine saidCougars 13 Rangers 0 Canyon used a no huddle offense to score two second quarter touchdowns in a classic defensive struggle Smithson Valley drove to the Cougar 11 on its first possession, but a fumble killed the drive. In the next quarter, Gentry was knocked out of the game with a back sprain "Chris had 70 yards at halftime and we were moving ttie ball pretty well His leaving the game was definitely the turning point for us,” Irvine saidYorktown 20 Rangers 0 Still reeling from the Canyon game, heavily favored Smithson Valley traveled to Yorktown and played with seven starters on the bench. The Rangers could manage only four first downs in the game while the Wildcats scored a touchdown in each of the last three quarters. The low point of the season, Irvine termed the game a "catastrophe.”Rangers 20 Holy Cross 12 The Rangers scored the first two times they touched the ball and held off the Knights in the fourth quarter to preserve the win. Holy Cross advanced to the Smithson Valley Byard line, but the Ranger defense held with 4:35 left in the game Gentry, wearing a flak jacket to protect his kidneys, picked up 106 yards rushing.Floresville 36 Rangers 8 Smithson Valley played the eventual district runners up close for a half, but the Tigers proved too strong in the end, scot mg 21 points in the final two quar ters Anthony Price ran for 141 yards to lead Floresville "We fooled them for a half but you can't fool them all night. It was lust a case of us getting beat by a better football team,” Irvine said,Boerne 25 Rangers 0 Everything that could go wrong for Smithson Valley did as the Greyhounds blanked the Rangers Tommy Corcoran caught two touchdown passes and ran an interception for another score Tipped passes, penalties and bounced balls went against Smithson Valley all night. "I feel like Boerne scored one touchdown against us and the rest were gifts,” Irvine said. Trailing 13-0 at halftime, the Rangers were forced to change their game plan and throw the ball, but were un successful.Rangers 0 Bandera 0 Smithson Valley and defending district champs Bandera slugged it out to a O O tie. Both teams moved the ball well at times, but the defenses rose to the oc cassion. The Bulldogs has a 9(Tyard touchdown pass called back when quarterback Jimmy Sides crossed the line of scrimmage before throwing the ball Gentry missed a 47-yard field goal on the last Although it did not count in the standings, Smithson Valley won the game on penetrations.Rangers 7 Southside 7 In a driving rain at Southside, both teams tied their second district game. Southside scored first after a 66-yard drive, but a fumble recovery by Mike Wilson at the Cardinal 6 set up Smithson Valley's tying score. Quarterback Scott Balmos carried the final yard to even the score. The Rangers had a chance to win the game with 16 seconds left, but the exchange between center and holder on a 38 yard field go try went awry. Again, the Rangers won the game on first downsCole 13 Rangers 0 Cole scored on its first possession, but Smithson Valley held the Cougars without a score for the next 40 minutes Cole scored again after a Smithson Valley fumble at the Ranger 35 yard line Smithson Valley had a chance to tie the game in the second quarter, dnvng the ball to the Cougar 5 before another fumble killed the series Team statistics SV    Opponents 83 ............ Points      161 14........... First    quarter...........28 42 ......... Second quarter ......... 61 7........... Third quarter........... 25 20.......... Fourth    quarter.......... 47 109.......... First downs.......... 144 13 ............ by    pass ............ 44 88............. by    run............. 94 8 ............ by penalty ............ 6 10 9 .......... per game .......... 14.4 381 1508    Rushes yards ..... 392    1478 39 151 ........ per    game      39    148 287 ......... Passing    yards    956 28 7 .......... per game ..........95.6 28106 13 .......Passes      70145    10 37 1181....... Punts    yards....... 32    1037 31 9 ....... Average    punting      32    4 27 16 ........ Fumbles    lost ........ 26    13 60-436    Penalties    yards ...... 66 501 643.6 ......... per    game ........7-50.1 Longest scoring drive: 75 yards vs. Somerset. Longest scoring play: Aaron Smith 20 pass from Mike Irvine, vs Floresville. Individual Rushing Player    Att.    Yds.    Avg.    PG    TD Scott Balmos ...... 148    648    4.4    64.8    3 Chris Gentry ...... 148    609    4.1    60.9    5 Aaron Smith....... 36    188    5.2    1 8 8    0 Phillip Ulcak    14    53    3 8    5 3    0 Kevin McCoy ....... 13    36    2.8    5.1    0 Bruce Letbetter    7    35    5.0    3.5    0 Greg Mosier    I    3    0    0    O    O    0 Lance Jonas......1    -4 O O OOO Mike Irvine......... 13    54    0    O O    2 Totals ........... 381    1508    4 0    151    IO Passing Player    Comp.    Att. Int.    Yds. PCA TD Mike Irvine    19    65    5    203    25 4    2 Scott Balmos    9    37    6    84    8 4 0 Bruce Letbetter    0    2    1    0    OOO Taylor Heydman    0    2    I    0    OOO Totals ....... 28    106    18 287    28    7    2 Receiving Player    Rec    Yds Avg PGA TD Scott Balmos    12    104    8.7    13 0    0 Aaron Smith    6    65    10.5    6 5    1 Phillip Ulcak    8    112    14 0 11.2    1 John Lozano    2    6    3 0    06    0 Totals    28    287    10 3 28 7 2 Scoring Pleyer    TD FG XP Tot Chris Gentry    5    0    0    30 Scott Balmos    3    0    0    19 Mike Irvine    2    0    0    12 Phillip Ulcak    I    0    0    6 Diron Wunderlich    0    0    9    9 Aaron Smith .......... 1    0    0    6 Totals ............... 11    0    8    76 to shuffle people around and juggle our skill people around I’ve seen a lot of injuries in my time, but not like this year and this is my 19th year as a coach.” After looking sharp three games, the Rangers found in the first themselves in Yorktown with seven starters out of the line up. The result: a 20-0 Ranger loss. “Those early injuries did not really affect us until the catastrophe in Yorktown. We had been somehow making it along with our injuries until that game,” Irvine said. After a tough middle portion of the schedule, Smithson Valley came back for the final four games, playing well but losing to Boerne and Cole and tying Southside and Bandera. “We didn’t look good in the middle of the year, but we ended up where we started. We were able to move the ball pretty well and our defense played tremendously,” Irvine said. “It just happened that the other teams were in the same situation that we had — they hadn’t lost many starters. I felt that we were a two or three touchdown a game team than we were last seaon, but everyone else was that much better too.” Irvine said. Smithson Valley played a tough non-district schedule, but Irvine said the team needed that to get ready for district games. The combined record of the Rangers’ first four opponents was 32-7. “I’m disappointed that our record was not any better than it was, but we played some quality teams We were big underdogs in most of our games, and we almost won a lot of those. If we were gamblers, we would be rich people right now,” he said The odds will be against the Rangers improving their record next season, as the team moves up to Class 4A. Smithson Valley will lose 17 seniors to graduation, but Irvine said he has some good talent coming up the program. “Our junior varsity team only lost one district game and won a lot by wide margins. We’ll have a small but solid group coming back so we feel good about that,” he said. Rivera takes Wurst Run Pedro Rivero of Austin ran a speedy 24:52 to win the Wurst Five Mil** Bun for Heart Saturday at I,anda Park More than 23<i runners competed in the race Rivero’s pace put him running five 4:54 miles The overall runner up was Reb Ryan. who ran a 25:34 Robin Muskell was the top finishing woman in 32 11 Rivero led the men’s 30 39 division as well Steven Sheehan was second in the division in 27 15 and Ray Rodrigue/, third in 27 37 Muskell topped th** women’s 20 29 division, will* Saloma Otamiay second iii 3b 02 and Jane Wojszynsky third in ii; 17 In the women's under 20 division. Shannon Albrecht was first in 37 45. Kiln Krohn second iii 39:57 and Angel Dykstra thud in 45: lo In tin* women’s ;t0 39 division, Cona Flock** was first in 33 IO. Pat (Jarred second in to 24 and Barbara Karnes in 41 20 Un Sun Cox topped the 40-49 division in 36:28. while Carol Diane Pepin was second in 43:11 and Diana Vollbrecht third in 49:22 Georgia Sweezea was first in the women’s over-50 division iii 3H 40. Velma Rawson second in 40:30 and Irma S. Bo/ardt third in 43:38 In the men’s under 20 division. Bryon Bode was first in 29 33. Billy llockensmith second in 31:36 and Gary Fowler third in 37 (Hi David Windsor w as second to Ryan in the 20-29 division, running a ill 32. Michael Mix was third in 26:40. In the 40 49 division, Bill Little was first in 30:10, Robert Kovar second in 31 07 and Dennis Sweezea third in 32:14. Preston Reeves topped the 50 59 division in 33:05, with David Duffel second in 33:09 and Mickey Prejean third in 33:30 Thomas M Harwell won the 60 and older division in 53:01 Briefly New Braunfels Blue tops Astros, 6 2 The New Braunfels Blue resumed league play with a ii 2 victory over the New Braunfels Astros Saturday at tin* ll K B Soccer Complex The Blue controlled th** game from tilt* opening kickoff, as the of fens** kept continuous pressure on the Astros goalie Jet! Bryan scored first for tin* Blue at tin* 20 minute mark Cue minutes later, Bryan scored again on a penal ty kick Chan Claik completed the first hall scoring with a breakaway goal. The Astros picked up both their goals in the second half hut tile Blue responded with three goals to stay in control of the game Wade Ohnheiser store*! early iii tile half with a :to yard shot, and midw ay through tile half Craig Mornsion scored from (lie right wing on a cross by (limberer Ohnheiser scored die final goal Victor Rodriguez. Tony Ramirez and Travis Thrift played well (or tile Blue, Coach Bob Thrift said The Blue leads tin* division at 4-0. Its next game is Sunday against Smithson Valley United Parks department plans one-on one tournament The New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor a one on one basketball tournament Nov 21 beginning at 7 p in at the Academy Street Gym Registration is at the Panda Recreation Center until Nov 20 at 8 p m. The entry fee is $5 for the double-elimination tournament Herald Zeitung deer contest under way The Herald Zeitung’s deer contest is now under w ay The contest is open to whitetailed deer killed in counties surrounding the New Braunfels area All winners will be verified for sizes and weights. Prizes will be awarded for most points, heaviest buck, heaviest din* and a grand prize for tile combination of most points, widest spread and heaviest deer The grand prize is a 44 cailiber Magnum Huger rifle, donated by Doe s Guns Other prizes are a gun! cd striped bass fishing trip from Canyon Lake Tackle Shop and Guide Service, a mounted quail under glass from Richardson's Taxidermy in Kingsville and a guided doe hun! for next season from Wildlife Manage ment in Boerne Delashmutt, Gordon take tournament Sat all Delashmutt had the low gross and Mary Jo Gordon the low net iii the A Flight of the Panda Ladies Golf Association's Irons Only Tournament Iii the B Flight, Maxine Furst had the low gross while Mary Boyer had the low net Spring Branch Store opens buck contest The third annual “Buck Contest” is now in progress at the Spring Branch Store The buck must be shot in Comal, Kendall or Blanco counties Prizes arid trophies will be given for most points, widest spread and heaviest buck. 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